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A.A. Rucci, The Temple in the Trembling Prairie

Mixed Greens
531 West 26th Street, 212-331-8888
September 8 - October 8, 2005
Reception: Thursday, September 8, 6 - 8 PM
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The first solo exhibition of Miami-based artist A.A. Rucci.

In his paintings, Rucci reduces an entire performative act into a single image. A staged reality results from a complex documentary-style methodology that combines performance, digital drawings and traditional painting. Rucci’s small-scale figures on a relatively large expanse of ground encourage viewer intimacy. His figures are rendered headless to allow the viewer to engage in the narrative and complete the character, not in an attempt to decapitate or diminish. The main character in Rucci’s paintings is a woman named Nicola — a female protagonist and center of his painted universe. She, like us, can remember specifics about emotional conditions and possibly what someone was wearing, but architectural or background elements are reduced to prop-like signifiers.
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